Super Scary Halloween Treats

Get ready for a monster of a party with this great collection of monsterously good recipes from The Better Homes Kitchen. Here are the ghoulish details.

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Children will delight in making these friendly little bats.

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  • 1 fruit roll
  • 1 chocolate cake rolls
  • Purchased chocolate frosting
  • 2 candy corns
  • 2 orange candy baking bits
  • 1 miniature marshmallow
  • Red decorator icing

For the bat, make wings from a fruitroll circle. Have an adult cut the circle in half with a scissors, then cut scallops along the curved edge. For the body, spread one side of a chocolate cake roll with chocolate frosting. Place the frosted side on top of thewings. With more frosting, "glue" on candy corn for ears and two orange candy baking bits for eyes. Cut fangs from a miniature marshmallow, and press them in place. Add a grin with red decorator frosting. Makes 1 bat.

Make-Ahead Tip: Up to 3 hours ahead, make bats. Store in an airtight container.

As simple as can be, this pizza will spook even the bravest little monsters.

  • 1 6-1/2-ounce package pizza crust mix
  • 1 8-ounce can pizza sauce
  • Assorted toppings, such as pepperoni, Canadian-style bacon cooked sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, olives, and/or cheese

Prepare pizza dough following the package directions. Use half of the dough to make an oversize hand 1/8 inch thick. Press a golf-ball size piece of dough onto a greased cookie sheet in the shape of the palm. Use five walnut-size balls of dough for fingers, rolling each ball into a 3-inch-long tube. Press the tubes to join the palm, shaping them into long fingers. Brush on pizza sauce, and add your favorite toppings. Bake at the suggested temperature but check it frequently-it won't take as long as a complete pizza. Makes 1 pizza.

If you wish, spoon this fluffy, soft salad in goblets.

  • 1 4-serving-size package cook-and-serve tapioca pudding mix
  • 1 4-serving-size package cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • Liquid green food coloring
  • 1 4-ounce container frozen whippeddessert topping, thawed
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 6-ounce jar maraschino cherries

With an adult's help, make the tapiocaand the vanilla puddings. Tint the vanilla pudding withgreen food coloring. Mix the chilled puddings together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the whippeddessert topping, grapes, marshmallows, and most of thecherries. Spoon the salad into individual serving bowls,alternating with spoonfuls of cherry juice. Top withextra cherries.

For a scientific presentation, pour the ooze into clean beakers and flasks to serve.

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups orange carbonated beverage
  • 2/3 cup orange carbonated beverage (for each tray)

In a blender container combine the vanilla yogurt, orange juice, and 2 cups orange carbonated beverage. Cover and blend till combined. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Freeze. Just before serving, put the cubes into the blender, adding 2/3 cup of orange soda for each tray. Cover and blend till icy.

Make-Ahead Tip: Up to 3 days ahead, prepare the mixture and freeze in ice cube trays.

You can pick and choose your favorite savory snack items and toss them together for a haunting bowl of crunch.

  • 2-1/2 cups blue corn chips
  • 1 cup corn nuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup shoestring potato sticks
  • 1 cup cheese flavored snacks
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts

In a large cauldron (bowl), mix crushedbat wings (blue corn chips) with frog eyes (corn nuts),lizard gizzards (raisins), legs of rat (pretzel sticks),fish ribs (shoestring potato sticks), and mole bones(cheese sticks). Sprinkle with hearts of newt (shelledpistachios) on top.

Make-Ahead Tip: Up to 3 daysahead, toss together the mixture. Store in an airtightcontainer.

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